1. CA – Ocean Sciences Meeting, fieldtrip and opening plenary

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    February 17, 2020 by Dr. G

    Today was the day before the official start of technical sessions for the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego, …
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  2. PA – Hawken and Enos, How To Change The World

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    December 6, 2019 by Dr. G

    A colleague on campus forwarded me an announcement that the founder of Project Drawdown, Paul Hawken, was going to be …
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  3. Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Summit 2019

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    November 23, 2019 by Dr. G

    I was honored to be invited to attend and present at an event co-organized by the National Science Foundation and …
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  4. Sound Education 2019 – Reflection

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    October 14, 2019 by Dr. G

    At the end of every conference I attend, I pull together a reflection of my thoughts on what I learned, …
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  5. Sound Education 2019 – Post 3

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    October 12, 2019 by Dr. G

    Today was the final day of Sound Education 2019, with more keynotes and sessions. It was an interesting day, filled …
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  6. Sound Education 2019 – Post 2

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    October 12, 2019 by Dr. G

    Friday, October 11, was the first full day of sessions for the Sound Education conference, with today’s talks taking place …
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  7. Sound Education 2019 – Post 1

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    October 10, 2019 by Dr. G

    As I continue my journey into learning about the world of podcasting (after attending Podcast Movement in Orlando), I’m now …
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Today I attended a conference event like no other I've attended in all of my meeting experiences.... the Ocean Sciences Storytellers program! #OSM20 connected with 10 public libraries in San Diego and arranged for ocean scientists to participate in a storytime event for kids! We each received an ocean-themed book to bring to the library, to read, and then to donate to the library's collection. Wendy from @sdpubliclibrary Central Library led an amazing storytime, with three of us from Ocean Sciences (Riley, Heather, and myself) reading books and talking about our lives as oceanographers. We sung songs, danced to Baby Shark, and more, with over 20 kids and their adults that drove them there (the kids were less than 6 years old)! Soooooo much fun in such a great space! #storytime #drseuss #thelorax #library #storytime #storytellers
Tuesday at #OSM20 ended with back-to-back-to-back events for me! I presented my poster on using quilts for scientific storytelling (Stitching Hope for the Louisiana Coast). There was so much interaction with attendees, hearing their own quilt stories - and so many people asked to film me descirbing my quilts, and I was even interviewed for a podcast! Then it was off to the NASA Earth Science Division Town Hall to hear the latest-and-greatest from NASA. And the day wrapped with with a student/alumni reception with the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (@umiamirsmas), where I earned my PhD in marine geology & geophysics.
The Exhibit Hall at any meeting, including #OSM20, is always an interesting experience, filled with scientific instruments and visual displays you may want but have no room/no need for (or cannot afford), booths of universities promoting their graduate programs, the NASA hyperwall you wish you could just sit in front of and be mezmerized by all day, and book publishers with so many amazing books you wish you had time to read.... except there is one I am going to shameless promote on behalf of my brother-in-law. Richard J. King wrote Ahab's Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby Dick. In this book, Rich details what was known about whales and natural history back in Herman Melville's time, and what events from Melville's own life experiences influenced the writing of his classic book.Be sure to pick up a copy at The University of Chicago Press booth! (*photos of the @uchicagopress booth taken with permission)
As a blogger for @americangeophysicalunion I am able to attend press events and briefings at #OSM20 (it is a great opportunity for me to gather information to later blog about). I started Tuesday morning learning about Oceanography in Space, and how Earth's ocean can act like an analog for oceans in space. I honestly wasn't aware of how many oceans exist on the planets/moons in our solar system, and why we need to understand our own ocean better (what's at the bottom, ocean circulation, life at vents and other regions, etc.). So many missions I'll now be paying attention to - Dragonfly, Europa Clipper, Jupiter ICy moon explorer (JUICE), and Cassini-Huygens... The best take-home message for me was that oceanographic knowledge is needed for planning these forward missions, but we can then reverse engineer to study our own ocean. Going to space let's us go back and look at Earth.
In addition to the three(!) sessions I was chairing on Monday, I was able to attend a few others, such as this #OSM20 Town Hall on the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. I had attended a Town Hall back in 2018 at the AGU Fall Meeting on the same topic, and I'm really looking forward to celebrating all-things ocean in 2021-2030! Alas, this session didn't seem to provide quite the information the audience was looking for - such as, how can we become involved? As the IOC still needs to approve the plans to oversee official activities, we were challenged to think about getting knowledge needed to make decisions for sustainable development, and how to elevate programs that are already taking place. Seems like we shouldn't wait for 2021 - contributions, collaborations, and communications can/should certainly be taking place now. The ocean can't wait for us.